Latest Baikonur Cosmodrome Stories

2008-10-12 09:25:00

Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google Inc., made a surprise visit on Saturday to Russia's Baikonur Cosmodrome, located in the barren steppes of central Kazakhstan. Brin, a native of Moscow, made the visit to wish fellow space tourist, and U.S. computer game developer Richard Garriott luck before Garriott's Sunday flight into space.  The mission will take Garriott, U.S. astronaut Michael Fincke, and cosmonaut Yury Lonchakov to the International Space Station. Brin recently put down a $5...

2008-10-11 17:00:00

Officials with Russia's space program said Saturday that a number of safety improvements have been made for spacecrafts returning to Earth from the International Space Station (ISS). The announcement follows a series of rough landings, including two malfunctions with the Soyuz re-entry vehicle during the past year. The mishaps raised safety concerns about the craft's reliability, with one South Korean astronaut saying she feared death during a landing in April. However, Anatoly Perminov,...

2008-10-11 00:00:03

An Austin, Texas, man in Kazakhstan is set to become the world's sixth space tourist and the first second-generation space traveler from the United States. Richard Garriott, 47, a computer game developer, is due to launch Oct. 12 from the Central Asian spaceport of Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, Space.com reported Friday. Garriott's father, Owen, 77, is a retired astronaut from the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration. "I'm just very...

2008-10-08 12:00:06

Text of report by privately-owned Interfax-Kazakhstan news agency Almaty, 7 October: The National Space Agency of Kazakhstan (Kazkosmos) does not rule out that in future, Russia may abandon the use of the Baykonur [space ground] and it [Kazkosmos] develops plans on the further functioning of the space centre. In particular, the deputy chairman of Kazkosmos, Meyrbek Moldabekov, noted at a Kazakh-Ukrainian scientific and practical conference entitled "Modern space technologies" in Almaty on...

2008-09-26 09:00:31

Russia launches rocket with navigator satellites MOSCOW, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) -- A Russian carrier rocket blasted off on Thursday from Baikonur cosmodrome, a Central Asian launching pad, with three navigator satellites atop, local media reported. The Proton carrier rocket is expected to send into orbit the three satellites of the GLONASS network, a Russian version of the U.S. Globle Positioning System (GPS), said a spokesman of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos). The delivery...

2008-09-20 03:00:09

An International Launch Services (ILS) Proton Breeze M launch vehicle successfully carried the Nimiq 4 satellite into space for Telesat today. This was the fourth launch of the year, and 47th overall, for ILS. The satellite, built by EADS Astrium, was the second Eurostar 3000 bus launched by ILS in a little over a month. Proton builder Khrunichev Space Center of Moscow is the majority owner of ILS, which is based in Reston, Va. The Proton vehicle lifted off from the Baikonur...

2008-09-15 21:00:22

MOSCOW. Sept 15 (Interfax-AVN) - The Baikonur spaceport is preparing to launch a Proton-M rocket with three GLONASS-M satellites onboard, the Federal Space Agency website said on Monday. The launch is scheduled for September 25. As of now, the GLONASS cluster is made up of 16 satellites, including 14 operational, one with an expired service life, and one under regular maintenance. (c) 2008 Daily News Bulletin; Moscow - English. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.

2008-09-08 21:00:05

BAIKONUR. Sept 8 (Interfax-AVN) - A Soyuz-U rocket with a Progress M-65 spacecraft were mounted on Baikonur's launch pad, a source at the spaceport told Interfax-AVN. The Progress M-65 is due to take off at 11.49 p.m. on September 10. The spacecraft will deliver new space suits for crewmembers of the International Space Station (ISS), fuel required to maintain the ISS orbit, scientific equipment, food, as well as tanks with air and water. (c) 2008 Daily News Bulletin; Moscow - English....

2008-09-02 09:00:31

Russian rocket sends five German satellites into orbit MOSCOW, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- Russia on Friday launched a Dnepr rocket to put five German satellites into orbit, news agencies reported. The carrier was launched at 11:15 Moscow time (0715 GMT) from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, said Alexander Vovk, head of the press service of the Russian Strategic Missile Troops. The launch vehicle Dnepr, based on the world's most powerful intercontinental ballistic rocket RS-20, is...

2008-08-29 21:00:23

MOSCOW. Aug 29 (Interfax-AVN) - Five German RapidEye satellites have separated from the Dnepr (intercontinental ballistic missile RS- 20) launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Friday. "The satellites have been put into orbit. They will be transferred into the client company's management in the nearest future," the international consortium Kosmotrans told Interfax. The launch occurred at 11:15 a.m. Moscow time. The missile was launched by the Ukrainian-Russian-Kazakh...

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